In Bulgaria, the Imperial eagle prefers nesting on high, isolated poplars. To ensure that there will be homes for the eagles in the future, we plant trees at carefully selected nesting habitats in Natura 2000 sites in Sakar and West Strandja.
We plant local tree species where the riparian forests have been cut and where no suitable trees are present. So far, we have planted 8 ha with poplar saplings of the Black poplar (Populus nigra) species which occurs naturally in Bulgaria. We hope that enough trees will survive during the drier and warmer summers, reaching sizes that can support the large nests of the Imperial eagles. Besides eagles, many other wild animals also will benefit from the restoration of river-side tree vegetation.